Dog Aggression is a very common problem facing millions of pet owners, and can be due to any number of genetic and environmental issues. Certain breeds are inherently more aggressive than others, but living conditions, abusive treatment, isolation and other factors can play a role in exacerbating the situation.
Aggressive behaviour in dogs can emerge as a result of many factors. These can include stress, illness, pain, fear, jealousy or other influences. It usually is manifested through barking, growling, biting or snapping. Sometimes it happens in certain situations, other times it is harder to predict which is even more troubling for dog owners.
How can Dog Aggression be treated?
If you notice aggressive behaviour in your dog you should check with your veterinarian to make sure there are no serious underlying health conditions causing your pet to act up.
A qualified behavioural therapist or trainer can work with your dog to minimise this behaviour. Treatment involves recognising the situations when your dog tends to act up and preventing them from happening if possible. If a member of your household is feeling the brunt of your pet’s agression, have that person provide all of the dog’s needs, so it learns to rely on only him or her, without any attention from other family members. Rewarding passive activity is key.
It is very important to note that if your dog is displaying any signs of aggressive behaviour then it should be monitored at all times and not left alone with children or the elderly until you can get to the route of the problem. You should also be conscious of leaving your dog alone with other pets.
Please note you should always consult with your veterinarian before deciding on a treatment to relieve aggression in dogs. He or she will help you decide on what is the best solution for your pet.